cake smash

Happy First Birthday to YOU! {Chicago Smash Cake Photography}

Happy First Birthday to YOU! {Chicago Smash Cake Photography}

One of the best parts of having a studio now? Hands down, it's the cake smashes. (Just ask my children, who will shamelessly  sneak in before I've finished cleaning up to see if there are spoils to reap, and are always disappointed not to have half a cake left to smash themselves).

Happy Birthday to Quinn! {North Shore first birthday photographer}

Happy Birthday to Quinn! {North Shore first birthday photographer}

I can't believe how fast this year flew by, both for me and for baby Quinn and his family.  I met them last February for Quinn's newborn photos, and he was just the sweetest new little squish.

One last round of Chicago city sessions {Chicago baby photographer}

One last round of Chicago city sessions {Chicago baby photographer}

As I creep toward my due date, I reached a point where I just couldn't manage the commute to the city for family sessions. Thankfully, I am so lucky to have so many wonderful suburban clients and city clients who are flexible about taking a quick trip up the Edens Expressway to meet me in the near north suburbs.

Smash Cake Outdoors {Evanston Family Photographer}

Smash Cake Outdoors {Evanston Family Photographer}

My friends and I joke sometimes about my youngest son, who as a baby rarely gave up a good smile - one of them called it "giving up the wow".  Her son, conversely, was so easily amused by anything from peekaboo to silly sounds, songs and just about anything.

When Family Session Meets Smash Cake {Chicago First Birthday Photographer}

When Family Session Meets Smash Cake {Chicago First Birthday Photographer}

Nothing says joy like watching your child freak out in the face of his first birthday cake. Ok, not really. While this little man wasn't impressed with his cake at the start, some snuggles and help from mom and dad had him chowing down in no time.